Get ready for a year of fun in Downtown Grand Rapids! Check out our breakdown of the major events happening in downtown Grand Rapids throughout 2015. Mark your calendars now and be sure to check back with us throughout the year for additional updates!
Valent-Ice: February 13 & 14
Check out more than 25 ice sculptures throughout downtown Grand Rapids during this family-friendly winter event. Don’t miss the love ice sculpture carving on February 14between noon-3pm at Rosa Parks Circle!
Gilda’s LaughFest: March 5 – 15
Ten days of side-splitting performances and events throughout all of West Michigan will make up the fifth annual LaughFest, but the majority of the action will take place right in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids! This well-loved local festival celebrates “Laughter for the health of it!” and is perfect for both adults and children.
DisArt Festival: April 10- 25
This interactive art festival aims to open minds about disability through art. Enjoy a rare opportunity to discuss and enjoy art created by artists with disabilities.
Downtown Fiesta: Date TBD
Celebrate the vibrant Latino culture in downtown Grand Rapids with traditional food, drinks, music, and dancing in Rosa Parks Circle.
Festival of the Arts: June 5 – 7
This free 3-day event celebrates art, music, and food throughout downtown Grand Rapids. Enjoy a variety of exhibits and activities perfect for the whole family!
Movies in the Park: June 5, June 19, July 10, July 24, August 7 & August 21
Enjoy free outdoor movies in the park on select Friday evenings throughout the summer at Ah-Nab-Awen Park! Pre-show activities begin at 7pm, and the films will begin at dusk – weather-permitting. Featured movie selections will be announced later this year.
Celebration on the Grand and Amway Family Fireworks: July 3 & 4
Enjoy food, beer and live music during this awesome FREE music festival at Ah-Nab-Awen Park! The event caps off with an amazing fireworks display over the Grand River. An Independence Day tradition for many!
GRAM on the Green: Thursday evenings in July and August
Enjoy free live outdoor music AND free museum admission to the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM)! Stay tuned for specific dates later this year.
Restaurant Week: August 12 – 23
Get to know the many eclectic and wonderful dining spots making up downtown Grand Rapids during this delicious weeklong event. Enjoy special menu items and fresh farm-to-table food at restaurants throughout Grand Rapids.
Grand Jazz Fest: August 15 and 16
West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival is ight here in Downtown Grand Rapids! The 4th annual Grand Jazz Fest will be held at Rosa Parks Circle and will feature prominent jazz performers along with up-and-coming artists.
Dozynki Polish Festival: August 28 – 30
People come from all over for this unique Polish harvest festival honoring Polish ancestry and traditions. Enjoy music, food, and historic culture – all in beautiful Rosa Parks Circle!
Art Prize: September 23 – October 11
ArtPrize®, Downtown Grand Rapids’ renowned art competition and the largest of its kind in the world, will enjoy its 7th annual run this upcoming fall. This amazing event is free to the public and covers three square miles of Grand Rapids. Plan to spend more than just a day for this one – last year’s competition featured 1,536 entries displayed in 174 venues! ArtPrize always offers something for everyone and takes place during one of West Michigan’s most beautiful seasons of the year!
Art Van Santa Parade and Chanukah Lighting: Dates TBD
Get into the holiday spirit with the city’s annual Santa Parade, a free holiday event that takes place in the downtown Grand Rapids. Enjoy seasonal music, carolers, and incredible floats. Then, on the first day of Chanukah, visit Calder Plaza for the annual lighting of the two-story menorah!
For more information about events and festivals taking place in and around downtown Grand Rapids, please contact SVG Real Estate Firm at (616) 439-1927